Intels Nigeria Ltd. has created an integrated logistics solution that offers a complete array of facilities and services for oil and gas industry operators in the sub-Saharan West African region.
Intels was established in 1982 at Onne port complex and the company has since become a major participant in the development of the Oil and Gas Free Zone. Oil Service Centers and bases were also set up at Warri and Calabar during this period.
Intels implements its integrated logistics vision in cooperation with the respective government authorities, national oil companies, major oil producing companies and related service companies. With additional support from APPA (African Petroleum Producers Association) and AIP (African Institute of Petroleum), a common philosophy has evolved for managing oil and gas activities on a regional basis.
Following are some of the key elements that help to make the regional approach a success;
Existence of the Oil and Gas Free Zone, Onne, which serves as the central storage/distribution point within the West African sub-Saharan region;
Strategically located Oil Service Centers and Support Bases to supply the logistic needs of the region;
The Oil and Gas Free Zone and Oil Services Centers, as well as Support Bases, are operated from government-owned facilities, leased to Intels under long-term agreements;
The concept of a private/commercial approach in operating from government-sanctioned facilities enables the development of those facilities with the participation and investment of the private sector. This ensures the highest levels of professionalism and efficiency now required by the ever more sophisticated and dynamically evolving oil and gas industry;
Government authorities are in a position to monitor and control operations, ensuring compliance with the applicable laws and regulations;
The creation of over 8,000 direct and 15,000 indirect employment opportunities, together with substantial transfer of technology;
A strict adherence to the policy of employing indigenous personnel in all areas of operations.
After the development of the Federal Ocean Terminal (FOT) was abandoned in 1982, the land of the Onne Oil and Gas Free Zone lay idle and un-maintained. When the Federal Government of Nigeria offered the Oil and Gas Industry an opportunity to invest and develop the facilities, Intels accepted the challenge and jointly with the Federal Ministry of Transport and the Nigerian Port Authority (NPA), embarked on an aggressive and capital-intensive development. With the exploration of the deep and ultra-deep offshore oil and gas fields, the Onne port complex was in an ideal position to meet the specific requirements for those operations.